New Hampshire fears eight exposed to rare brain disease in hospital

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BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire warned on Wednesday that eight patients who recently underwent neurosurgery at a Manchester hospital may have been exposed to a rare brain condition similar to "mad cow" disease in cattle.

The state health department said the exposure may have been the result of a surgery on a ninth patient, who is now believed to have had a sporadic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a condition similar to "mad cow" disease but not linked to beef consumption.

All eight patients have been notified of their potential exposure, officials said, adding that there was no risk to the general public.

In the disease's sporadic form, it crops up spontaneously without a known cause. There is no known treatment or cure for the fatal condition, which has symptoms including failing memory to personality changes, blindness and sudden jerky movements, the health department said.

"After extensive expert discussion, we could not conclude that there was no risk, so we are taking the step of notifying the patients," said Dr. Jose Montero, the state's director of public health.

(Reporting by Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Greg McCune and Carol Bishopric)

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Comments (3)
scott860 wrote:
Wasn’t this story a little too brief? What made this happen – poor sterilization? Something else? There are many open questions here.

Sep 04, 2013 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DrRRuhling wrote:
If the feeding of infected protein supplements to very young calves can cause Mad Cow Disease, why can’t the eating of beef from those infected animals cause a similar condition (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) in humans?

More than 5 million cattle across Europe have been killed to stop the spread of Mad Cow Disease, but we don’t want to do that here–let the buyer beware! And to see 5-minutes of a DVD that prevents this and more (shows Clinton’s cardiologist) visit RichardRuhling dotcom

Sep 04, 2013 5:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
elhamb3166 wrote:
I had an aunt who died from this disease. It was three months from the time the first symptoms were noted until her death. She had spent several months in England prior to the onset of the disease and we suspect she contracted the disease by eating poorly processed beef.

Sep 04, 2013 6:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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